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How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?: Left of Center View

Well of course the election results will have an effect on Federal immigration policy. Immigration is a major campaign issue, so whoever wins will assume that it is the will of the people that their mandate be implemented, no matter how silly it is. The immediate effect of the election, well that will be, hmm, probably not so much.

At the moment we don't even know who's running for President (ok besides Ralph Nader and the smattering of other long shot at best, third party candidates). Who the candidates are will of course have a huge effect on their views on immigration. But despite the potential for vast differences between them the reality remains the same: due to the inherently slow speed of the legislative process there will not be any noticeable change in the U.S. immigration policies in the near future.

If the Democrats take the White House there will be some changes to our current conservative policies. But the fact is that the changes probably won't go into effect for the better part of a year. Besides, despite being a major issue, immigration is still not the pink elephant in the room that Iraq is. No matter who wins, the Iraq question will be the first to be answered.

Now if the Republicans maintain control of the White House, well things will probably pretty much continue on the path they are already on. Republicans are big on staying the course. Despite the fact that sometimes the course is wrong, they are big on staying it. Most of the people in place will stay there with a continuance of the Republican regime. There will be a push for stricter laws on immigration and more enforcement but likely facing a Democrat controlled Congress the White House will likely have to limit their expectations of cooperation.

And if the Democrats manage to effect a regime change, a change it will most certainly be. But even though change may be in the works you have to grant at least a six month house cleaning period followed by time spent getting the new people all settled in to their new jobs. And of course when the dust settles whoever finds that they are sitting in the big cushy chair will have to show a little love to the groups that got them there which might either speed up or slow down the process of change. So if the Latino vote in California delivers the state and thus the election to Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton, then change is coming and it will arrive a little sooner than we thought. However should Orange County step up and deliver the state and election to the rich white guy the Republicans run, well then it sucks to be undocumented just a little bit more than it did the week before the election.


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National ID Cards for American Citizens

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How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?: Right of Center View

In 2008 America will be asked to choose the next President of the United States. That choice will likely decide the direction of our nationís immigration policies for the foreseeable future. On the Democratic side of the equation you have mirror image candidates who will likely leave us with more open borders and amnesty for all. It seems like it will be one big happy immigration party under a new Democratic administration. If you like illegal aliens walking into the DMV and getting a driverís license then the Democrats are the people for you.

On the Republican side, there are some differences. There are both candidates for amnesty and against but in the end they would inherit a Congress that supports amnesty overall so even a Republican in the White House may be in a place to be forced to face gridlock or sign legislation that will give amnesty to illegal aliens. In some ways itís more of a no-win situation for a Republican administration than if the Democrats win. At least if a Democratic President signs amnesty legislation, the Republicans could ride it into the White House in 2012 and undo the damage with the new Republican Congress that would likely follow the passage of amnesty legislation.

The one thing that neither side can do is ignore the issue. If some solution to the problem isnít found soon we will simply be overrun with non-citizens draining our economy and making life more difficult for Americans already struggling to compete for the jobs that havenít been shipped overseas by bad trade deals and greedy policy makers that have sold out the working people of this nation. As voters we need to back the candidates who will look out for Americans first and not allow our borders to become even more porous than they already are. The border fence was a start but it is not enough. We need to make sure that people canít profit from taking our jobs and giving them to people that came here illegally. We need politicians that will stand up to the special interests and tell the illegal immigrants ďno moreĒ.

The time is now and the solution is clear. Itís time for responsive leaders and responsible immigration policy coming out of Washington. We need to plug the holes in the border and stop giving businesses a pass for breaking the law. Thatís the change that is needed and regardless of who wins the election it is the voters who will have to keep the pressure on Washington to change immigration policy to the benefit of Americans first. While we canít deport a few million people for logistical and budgetary reasons, we can make sure they arenít in the ballot box electing open borders candidates before the legal immigrants who did things the right way. There is no reason they canít be made resident aliens and sent to the back of the line for legal immigrant status. There is no need to rush to make a bunch of lawbreakers into citizens.

J.D. - American | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Unsafe Imports: Who's to Blame?
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Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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